Provide Duke students access to online full-text articles through your Blackboard site in three steps:
Some databases offer reliable, permanent links directly to their online content through stable or persistent URLs (also known as PURLs). You CANNOT simply cut and paste the url from the web browser while you are looking at an article. This is rarely a stable URL.
What database is this article in?
Does this database support stable URLs?
Databases with easy-to-find or to create stable URLs include: Academic and InfoTrac OneFile, America's Newspapers, JSTOR, any Proquest database.
Databases with more difficult to create stable URLs (usually requiring multiple steps) include: Academic Search Premier, Cambridge University Press, any Ebsco database.
Databases which do not support stable URLs at this time include Lexis Nexis.
For off-campus access for Duke students who don't use the VPN, the link must be forced through EZProxy. This will prompt the students to provide a NetID and password.
Cut and paste the following text onto the front of the stable URL: http://proxy.lib.duke.edu:2048/login?url=
Example of a stable url with EZProxy add-on: http://proxy.lib.duke.edu:2048/login?url=http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww/jumpstart.jhtml?recid=0bc05f7a67b1790e22c948a92294d51db63288e6aa77a5175faafaca721f2d22faa1450beaa9d83d&fmt=C
We suggest adding links to articles in Course Documents. We suggest you include the full citation as well as the link; that way, students can track down the article themselves if the link stops working.
How to link to an external URL in Course Documents (with screenshots).
Offer your students directions on how to access the full-text article from the citation. We recommend teaching them to look up the journal title in the e-journals finder or the catalog, and to follow the Get It @ Duke link from there. Understanding Citations and How To Find Articles may be helpful. You may also want to remind them that they can Ask a librarian for help.
There are two ways to create Get it @ Duke links, which you can then provide to students via email or Blackboard. The easier way is through the Get it @ Duke menu, which appears anytime you click on the Get it @ Duke graphic. On the Get it @ Duke menu, click on "More Tools," and then choose "Save Citation and Link" to generate a stable URL. This URL will always lead back to a Get it @ Duke menu, which will list current, full-text options for the item in question.
Another option, if you are particularly tech-savvy, is to create Get it @ Duke links, available for most of the journals we have online, with the OpenURL Generator. Warning: this is not for the faint of heart.
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